Questions related to compiling software, normally using the "make" command.

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How do I install the latest version of node.js?

How do I install node.js in Ubuntu? I've been looking around, and I can't find anything. Is there a Ubuntu package for node.js, or do I have to compile it myself?
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If I build a package from source how can I uninstall or remove completely?

I used source code to build one package such as below: ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --libexecdir=/usr/lib --with-package-name="Myplugin" ...
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How are packages actually installed via apt-get install?

When using the apt-get install method to install a package onto ubuntu, is there any fundamental difference between obtaining the source code for that package and building it from scratch? Does the ...
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What are the packages/libraries I should install before compiling Python from source?

Once in a while I need to install a new Ubuntu (I used it both for desktop and servers) and I always forget a couple of libraries I should have installed before compiling, meaning I have to recompile, ...
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How can I install a realtime kernel?

I have read a lot of threads with similar questions, but after reading the answers, I am very confused. I have found in them lots of url's with repositories but people discusses about which ...
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Compile 32bit kernel on 64bit machine

I'm trying to compile a kernel for a 32bit single-core Intel Atom machine. Needless to say, the compile is taking inordinate amounts of time. It's been going for 2 hours and it's still only halfway ...
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How to install new tmux 1.8 on Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04?

Are there any PPA? If no, how to make it from sources? Which dev libs I'll need to do this?
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Cannot find install-sh, install.sh, or shtool in ac-aux

This is my first time trying to compile and install anything on a linux machine. I got the latest version of https://github.com/processone/exmpp via git and read the instructions which state: 2. ...
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What's a simple way to recompile the kernel?

I'm interested in compiling a new kernel under Ubuntu 12.04 x86 64 bit. I found this wiki page which is basically a mirror for this blog and there are a lot of steps (git, etc.) that appear useless ...
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Does compiling programs from source speed up my operating system?

Somewhere I read that I should remove default programs in ubuntu and then compile and install them again for speeding up my os. Is this true?
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How to download, modify, build and install a Debian source package?

If I want to make minor changes to the source code of a Debian package, how do I go about downloading, incrementing the package version, building the (modified) source, and installing it on my ...
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How to compile a .java file

How can I compile a .java file. What programs will I need and if I need java jdk I need help installing that. I'm very new to ubuntu so any program I need to install I will need a tutorial on how to ...
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Cross-Compile for ARM?

How do I set up GCC for cross compiling for the ARM processor? The host would be on x68 ( AMD64 - Ubuntu 12.04 ) and the target would be ARM ( Raspberry Pi as well as Pandaboard - will do separate ...
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How to build all my installed package from sources?

I've read about how source-based linux distros like Gentoo can have considerable performance increases when compared to pre-built distros like Ubuntu because they install from source with ...
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Install Apache, Php, Mysql latest versions not available via apt

I need to install the latest versions of apache, php and mysql that are available on their websites, but the problem is that apt repositories don't have these updates versions yet. Versions that I ...
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Where can I find the configure options used to build a package?

I need to install asterisk 1.6.2.18 on Ubuntu 10.10 I would like to know what the configure options were that were used to generate the ubuntu package of asterisk 1.6.2.7. My favorite server distro ...
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What's the Linux equivalent to Windows batch files?

I have a batch file which I use to create an .apk file on my Windows machine. Now I need to be able to create the .apk file in Ubuntu but I don't know how translate my .bat file to a script to be able ...
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How do I install glib?

I want to build the Empathy in Ubuntu 11.04. When I follow the build process, ./autogen.sh The shell said to me that libtoolize: copying file `m4/lt~obsolete.m4' checking for autoconf >= ...
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How to solve configure: error: readline library not found?

I have an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server with a minimal install that I want to compile postgres on. With the minimal install the server did not have gcc so I had to do an apt-get install gcc but now I keep ...
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Where does Ubuntu store its library files?

I want to add my own library to use in c compiling, but don't really know where ubuntu stores it.
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How to install tmux from source?

I've download tmux and am trying to install it on Ubuntu 10.04. $ ./configure Configured for Linux $ make cc -DBUILD="\"1.3\"" -std=c99 -D_GNU_SOURCE -D_POSIX_SOURCE -iquote. -c -o attributes.o ...
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How to compile gedit LaTeX plugin?

Because I'd like to use the Gedit LaTeX plugin that is unfortunately not available for Gedit 3.2 in the repositories, I want to compile it myself. The most recent version you can get on ...
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Build 32-bit on 64-bit Ubuntu: installing ia32-libs does not include libstdc++

Googled for a while but drawn a blank. Need to build 32-bit app on 64-bit Ubuntu. Realise that I need to install ia32-libs. I have done this and apt-get tells me it's already at the latest version. ...
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How to find out how many people have downloaded from PPAs

How do I find out how many people use a particular PPA. I see on a particular PPA ; Package build summary A total of 108 builds have been dispatched for this PPA. Completed builds 108 successful 0 ...
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No acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

I want to install one package named speech_tools-2.1-release.tar.gz. After I run command ./configure in this package, it show me a message: Configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH ...
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How do I port software that I have written for Windows to Ubuntu?

I have written software packages for the Windows platform. I want to change to Ubuntu. At the moment I use Visual Basic and Access Databases. Can anyone suggest What I should use to rewrite my ...
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How to upload package with dependencies to my PPA?

I made a package for my PPA and uploaded it. It built without any problems. Then I made another package that depended on the first and uploaded it. It failed because it couldn't find the files in the ...
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How to compile C++ source code (“iostream.h not found” error)?

I do not want to discuss about C++ or any programming language!I just want to know what am i doing wrong with linux ubuntu about compiling helloworld.cpp! I am learning C++ so my steps are: open ...
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VMware no longer compiles after upgrade

I used VMware on ubuntu 10.04 for quite a while. When 10.10 was released I did a clean install. I tried to reinstall VMware, but after installing, I wasn't able to compile the modules. Does anybody ...
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Can't compile with GCC on Ubuntu 12.04

I'm trying to compile and run the below C program on my Ubuntu & Windows machines with both GCC & VC9. However, I'm facing below issues: On Ubuntu machine: GCC compiles fine, but when run, ...
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Is it possible to find out what options packages were compiled with?

I am interested in knowing which options are used to compile vim in the package "vim" as I am trying to compile vim from source on another system, not running Debian/Ubuntu, and would like it to work ...
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Can I rebuild a package without recompiling the source?

I am building a new .deb and want to fix lintian errors in the packaging. However, every time I rebuild, the rules file does a 'make clean' and thus starts compiling again. Is there a way to ...
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Is there any open-source way to make a static from a dynamic executable with no source code availability?

Let me explain the problem with an example. I use some old program in my day to day work, like for example xfig and pdfedit. Now, these programs are quite old and not updated too often; my fear is ...
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Receiving error while trying to debug in QtProject

I installed the latest version of the QtProject so now I can debug C++ code. While trying to debug for the first time I got this error: ptrace: Operation not permitted. Could not attach to the ...
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How to cross-compile an existing deb package from 64bit to 32bit architecture

I have rebuilt a deb package with a custom patch for my computer which is a 64bit machine. I did it using: sudo apt-get -b source [package name] Now my question is, how to do that in a similar ...
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Compiling latest GNOME-Shell

This question pretends to be a central place where people share info about compiling the latest and greatest GNOME-Shell environment in Ubuntu 10.10. As GNOME-Shell now depends on gtk3 and in a lot ...
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While compiling TrueCrypt, I get “undefined reference to symbol 'dlclose@@GLIBC_2.2.5'”

I'm trying to compile TrueCrypt 7.1a from source on Ubuntu 13.04. However make fails during the linking process with the following error: Linking truecrypt /usr/bin/ld: ...
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How can I install Inkscape from BZR?

In order to get the latest version of Inkscape, one has to use BZR. How can I install inkscape using BZR and properly install it on my System?. Detailed step by step guide would be preferable.
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Is there a PPA with a Wayland build I can use?

It seems like Wayland is coming to Ubuntu in the distant future. Being the curious type, I thought I would give it a try. I was going to build it myself, but wanted to save myself the trouble if there ...
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How do I compile format junkie?

The ppa:hakermania/format-junkie is down, at least for me, is it possible to compile format junkie in 11.10? If so, how? This is the list of files I have: about.cpp error_logs.h ...
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How to install ktechlab?

How to install ktechlab in Ubuntu 11.10?
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How do I install the X.org Radeon/ATI driver?

I recently downloaded version 7 of the Radeon/ATI X.org Driver from this link: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/driver/xf86-video-ati My question is how do I compile and install it? I don't like ...
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Compiling 32-bit app on 64-bit, cannot find -lX11

I'm invoking a command like: g++ ... -o"myapp" -lX11 ... And getting /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lX11 I've installed the following packages to support multiarch: ia32-libs, libc6-dev-i386 and ...
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How are the programs in /bin directory compiled into a non-readable format?

I've noticed that most of my commands/programs in the /bin directory are compiled. I wish to duplicate this non-readable code format myself. Can someone tell me why and/or how these programs get this ...
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Will a package I compile myself perform better than installing from the repositories?

Does a package performance is different when it's compiled from sources, or installed from repository ? Is it possible, what during the compilation, the package will be "more adapted" (performance, ...
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Installing CoverGloobus

Is there any easier way to install Covergloobus 1.6 in Ubuntu 10.10 ? PPA doesnt work , tried to compile it but failed , are there any other ways??
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Does compiling a linux kernel make the OS faster?

Does compiling a downloaded linux kernel (e.g 3.2) make the OS (e.g ubuntu) faster on that specific machine?
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Installing packages into local directory?

I'd like to install software packages, similar to apt-get install <foo> but: Without sudo, and Into a local directory The purpose of this exercise is to isolate independent builds in my ...
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What does “compiling a kernel” mean?

What is meant by term kernel compilation? Does it involve working directly on the source code of the kernel; making changes to the kernel program and then compiling the whole source code? Or does it ...
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How to build Compiz from source?

Similarly to this question made for Unity, I would like to know what is the correct procedure to build the latest development release of Compiz from source. In particular, it would be useful to know ...